Rule of Law Conditionality in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Kosovo and the EU

This Policy Report attempts to offer a thorough analysis of the rule of law requirements in the Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and their implications. First, we begin by offering an account of stabilisation and association agreements in general, including their role in the EU enlargement agenda and afterwards refer to the previous SAAs concluded with the other enlargement countries. Third, we proceed to outlining the main provisions in the agreement signed between the EU and Kosovo which concern the rule of law sector; they will be analysed in the context of the equivalent provisions in previous SAAs, the recommendations contained in other EU documents and instruments (such as the Visa Liberalisation Roadmap, the EC Annual Country Reports and, there applicable, the SAP Dialogue), as well as by reference to the situation in other enlargement countries. Fourth, the Report attempts to anticipate the main issues which may constitute obstacles for Kosovo in applying these provisions and the instruments made available by the EU to facilitate the implementation process. The Report then refers to the mechanisms that will ensure the monitoring of the SAA before proceedings with a set of recommendations for the government of Kosovo. To access the report, please click here.